Excavation of Green Ant and Echidna Shelters, Cape York Peninsula

Authors

  • J. Flood Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra
  • N. Horsfall Behavioural Sciences, James Cook University, QLD

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25120/qar.3.1986.181

Abstract

This paper presents the results of archaeological excavations at Green Ant and Echidna Shelters on the Koolburra Plateau, northwest of Laura in Cape York Peninsula, north Queensland. The work was undertaken as part of a multi-attribute approach to the prehistory of the region. Such an approach to regional prehistory is exemplified by the work of Morwood in the Central Queensland Highlands who used two principal types of evidence in his study, excavated assemblages and rock art, on the basis that "as two strands in the web of evidence documenting the workings of a cultural system, a combined study of art and stone seemed to offer potential for yielding a more detailed account of the processes by which archaeological observations relate to their cultural context" (1981:1). A similar approach seemed well suited to the Koolburra Plateau, which is also extremely rich in rock art sites (Flood 1983b, 1983c).

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1986-01-01

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